Introduction to the verb désâmer
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The English translation of the French verb désâmer is “to disappoint.” It is pronounced “day-za-may.”
The language origin of désâmer comes from the combination of the prefix “dés-” meaning “dis-” and the verb “aimer” meaning “to love.” Literally translated, it means “to unlove” or “to stop loving.” In everyday French, désâmer is most often used in the Conditionnel Passé tense, which expresses a past possibility or hypothetical situation.
Here are three simple examples of désâmer in the Conditionnel Passé tense, with their English translations:
- Si je t’avais désâmé, je serais parti. (If I had disappointed you, I would have left.)
- Vous auriez désâmé tout le monde avec cette décision. (You would have disappointed everyone with this decision.)
- Elle m’aurait désâmé si je lui avais menti. (She would have been disappointed in me if I had lied to her.)
Table of the Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of désâmer
||Si j’avais su, je t’aurais désâmé.
||I would have unloved you.
||Tu aurais désâmé plus tôt.
||You would have unloved earlier.
||Il aurait désâmé son travail.
||He would have unloved his job.
||Elle aurait désâmé ses responsabilités.
||She would have unloved her responsibilities.
||On aurait désâmé cette idée.
||One would have unloved this idea.
||Nous aurions désâmé notre relation.
||We would have unloved our relationship.
||Vous auriez désâmé avec eux.
||You would have unloved with them.
||Ils auraient désâmé leur ancienne maison.
||They would have unloved their old house.
||Elles auraient désâmé leur mariage.
||They (female) would have unloved their marriage.
Other Conjugations for Désâmer.
Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb désâmer
Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désâmer
Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désâmer
Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désâmer
Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désâmer
Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désâmer
Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désâmer
Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désâmer
Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désâmer
Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désâmer
Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désâmer
Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désâmer
Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désâmer
Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désâmer
Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désâmer (this article)
L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désâmer
L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb désâmer
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Désâmer – About the French Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense
The French “Conditionnel Passé” is a compound tense used to express hypothetical or unreal actions in the past. It is formed by combining the conditional of the auxiliary verb “avoir” or “être” and the past participle of the main verb.
Start with the conditional of the auxiliary verb: For most verbs, use “aurais” (for “avoir”) or “serais” (for “être”) as the conditional form.
With “avoir”: j’aurais, tu aurais, il/elle/on aurait, nous aurions, vous auriez, ils/elles auraient.
With “être”: je serais, tu serais, il/elle/on serait, nous serions, vous seriez, ils/elles seraient.
Add the past participle of the main verb to this conditional form.
For example, if you want to say “I would have done,” you would use “j’aurais fait.” If you want to say “She would have gone,” you would use “elle serait allée.”
Common Everyday Usage Patterns
Expressing Unreal Past Scenarios
The Conditionnel Passé is often used to talk about actions that did not happen in the past, but you are speculating about what would have occurred if they had. It’s a way to discuss hypothetical situations in the past.
Si j’avais su, je t’aurais aidé. (If I had known, I would have helped you.)
Il serait venu s’il avait eu le temps. (He would have come if he had had the time.)
Polite Requests or Suggestions
It can be used to make polite requests or suggestions in the past.
Pourriez-vous m’aider, s’il vous plaît ? (Could you have helped me, please?)
Expressing Doubt or Uncertainty
It can convey doubt or uncertainty regarding past events.
Il aurait peut-être oublié notre rendez-vous. (He might have forgotten our appointment.)
Interactions with Other Tenses
You can use the Conditionnel Passé in combination with the conditional present to describe past actions that were hypothetical at the time they were spoken about. J’aurais aimé que tu m’appelles hier. (I would have liked you to call me yesterday.)
Indicative Past Tenses
You might use the Conditionnel Passé alongside indicative past tenses like the passé composé to contrast hypothetical and real past events. Il est venu hier, mais s’il avait pu, il serait venu la semaine dernière. (He came yesterday, but if he could have, he would have come last week.)
In some cases, you can use the Conditionnel Passé in combination with the conditional future to discuss unreal past events that could have consequences in the future. Si j’avais réussi mon examen, j’aurais un meilleur travail. (If I had passed my exam, I would have a better job.)
In summary, the Conditionnel Passé is used to express hypothetical or unreal actions in the past. It is often used in conjunction with other tenses to convey various nuances in French, allowing speakers to discuss imaginary past scenarios, make polite requests, or express doubt about past events.
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